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December 14, 2008 at 8:48 PM

Portland State post-game

It was surprising at the beginning and scary at the end.
But ultimately, the Huskies survived to win a game tonight without their team leader, Jon Brockman, beating Portland State 84-83.
And if you can set aside the sloppy last six minutes, there was lots of good news.
For starters, Brockman’s sprained ankle isn’t considered serious and he should be back for the Eastern Washington game next Saturday.
Next, the Huskies got another breakout performance from Matthew Bryan-Amaning with career highs of 23 points and 12 rebounds.
As PSU coach Ken Bone pointed out, he won’t usually have a 6-7 defender in the Pac-10.
Still, that he was able to do it at all is a step ahead of where he seemed even a few weeks ago as he looked confident and aggressive.
“I feel like this is the time of the season when everyone starts to fall into their role and I feel like I am practicing well and playing well,” he said.
Said UW coach Lorenzo Romar: “I thought he played excellent. He did a great job on defense, on the boards, he didn’t have a turnover and he handled the double-team well.”
UW was also able to exploit Quincy Pondexter’s physical advantage inside to get him 21 points on 10-18 shooting, and the Huskies also were able to again use their athleticism to dominate the boards, 46-35.
Bone, a former Husky assistant, said he thinks this is a better UW team than the ones that beat his PSU squads the previous two years.
“I think they are better on the ball they are applying more pressure and denyiing the ball better and I think everything is starting to fit together the way they pressure and deny,” he said. “Everytning looks to me like their defense is starting to fit together as a really nice package. I also think those guards are starting to figure out how to play together as a unit and once they do that, those guards are really good.”
He also said Pondexter “looks more aggressive and more confident. … Lorenzo has some great kids and they are starting to play within themselves and playing well.”
In the bad news department, the Huskies got only four points besides the big four of MBA, Pondexter, Justin Dentmon and Isaiah Thomas and again were too sloppy with the ball (15 turnovers, 11 in the second half helping lead to PSU’s comeback) and at the line (15-26 for 57.7 percent). Bad as UW was at the line, however, the Huskies were better than Portland State, which was just 19-35, 54.3 percent, and just 7-14 in the second half.
BRESHERS UPDATE — Romar said after the game he still had not made a decision on whether or not to redshirt Tyreese Breshers.
All for now.

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